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Lecture Series

Fall 2015

Screening of Juan C. Dávila’s documentary

with the presence of the filmmaker in conversation with Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos (Graduate Center, CUNY)

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Room 4116

On May 2003 the US NAVY retreated from the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico after decades of struggle and opposition from its inhabitants. More than 10 years after their questionable departure, the islanders are demanding the US Government to fully cleanup and give back the terrains that were used for testing weapons and training soldiers. Unsatisfied with the little commitment of the Armed Forces to assume responsibilities, the 'Viequenses' face a new struggle for justice within their lands. Juan C. Dávila travels to Vieques and interviews veteran activists and US Government personnel. He contrasts their opinions with the research of local scientists, who are preoccupied about the environmental hazards in the island’s terrains. Dávila also revisits history and the activist-islanders share memories of their endless battle against the US Navy.

Juan C. Dávila is a documentary filmmaker, street photographer, artist and educator. He started directing and producing low-budget short films while he was studying Communications at the University of Sacred Heart in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His first films were highly influenced by Film Noir and focused on the crime and corruption in Puerto Rico. These films helped introduce him to the local scene of independent filmmakers and the film industry. He has also worked in television, advertising and academia. To begin making documentary films, he founded a non-profit organization called Frutos Fílmicos that was instituted with the purpose of producing films that can investigate social and environmental issues, but also to tell stories that mainstream media often ignores. Dávila also holds a Masters in Social Documentation from the University of California-Santa Cruz and was awarded a Video News Production Fellowship at Democracy Now!, where he works at their daily news show, and also collaborates on other projects with this independent media organization.


A Conversation (in Spanish) on literature and literary field between renown Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra and Doctoral Candidates in HLBLL Elena Chávez Goycochea and Luis Henao

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Room 4116

Alejandro Zambra (Santiago de Chile).  Considerado por la crítica como uno de los mejores escritores jóvenes contemporáneos, ha publicado narrativa y poesía.  Entre sus obras destacan la novela Bonsai (2006), el libro de cuentos Mis documentos (2014) y el poemario Facsímil (2014).  Ahora vive en Nueva York como escritor residente de la beca Cullmar Center Fellows otorgada por la New York Public Library.

The Crisis of Neoliberalism in Europe: 
The Appearance of Podemos in Spain

A lecture by Vicent Navarro

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and Director of the Public Policy Center in Barcelona, jointly sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University and the Pompeu Fabra University
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 6:15 pm
Room C204-205

Free and open to the public

La lengua catalana, entre la identidad y el mercado global
October 2, 2015 - 6:30 p.m. 

Room:  C198

El ponente realizará una presentación teórica y diagnóstico de la situación social de la lengua catalana partiendo del análisis de los nuevos factores y actores incorporados en la era de la información y la globalización económica y cultural. 

Profesor Toni Mollà, Universitat de València (Spain).
Toni Mollà es periodista y sociólogo. Profesor de Estructura de la Comunicación en la Universitat de València (Spain). Investigador de las políticas lingüísticas y culturales públicas. Autor, así mismo, de ensayos literarios y obras de no-ficción.

Institut Ramon Llull
Catalan Language and Culture

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